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2nd ranked UConn wins non-conference tilt over #14 Oklahoma

Maya Moore (file photo)

The Connecticut women’s basketball team improved their record to 25-1 with an 86-45 blow out of Oklahoma (18-7) in a non-conference game.

Maya Moore scored 27 points to become the Big East’s career scoring leader.

Moore passed Angel McCoughtry, who scored 2,779 points for the Louisville Cardinals from 2006-2009.

Moore needed 11 points at the start of the game and broke the record on a scoop shot with 7:52 remaining in the first half of play.

compiled from Connecticut athletics news

Pasqualoni hired to replace Edsall at UConn

Paul Pasqualoni (courtesy of Syracuse athletics)

He used to coach against the UConn Huskies when he was at rival Syracuse University as the head coach.

Now, Paul Pasqualoni will be heading back to the Big East Conference as head coach at Connecticut.

He replaces long-time head coach Randy Edsall left to head the Maryland Terrapins football program.

Pasqualoni had been the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator. He compiled a  107-59-1 record in 14 years at Syracuse before being fired after the 2004 season.

Info courtesy of University of Connecticut

Maryland chooses UConn’s Edsall to lead program

Randy Edsall (UConn photo via Wikipedia Commons)

The Maryland Terrapins have chosen Randy Edsall as its new football coach.

Edsall rebuilt the Connecticut program and Maryland is hoping he can do the same magic.

Edsall was selected to replace Maryland grad Ralph Friedgen, who was fired after a 10-year run.

The 52-year-old Edsall, came out of nowhere to become a candidate because no school thought they could pry him from the UConn program because he recently signed a contract extension. Media reports said that he beat out former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach, who was favored by most Maryland fans, media and alumni.

Edsall led the Connecticut for 12 years. He guided the Huskies out of Division I-AA (now FBS) and into the Big East Conference, where he won a pair of conference titles and earned bowl appearances in each of the past four years.

Connecticut recently lost in the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma, 48-20 Saturday night.

Info courtesy of Maryland athletics

Stanford ends UConn’s 90-game win streak, 71-59

Tara Vanderveer (Indiana Hoosiers photo)

You knew sooner or later the law of averages would catch up with the Connecticut women’s team and a loss would becoming up soon. People kept saying that Baylor and Ohio State could do it, but they failed.

Stanford was more than capable of defeating UConn and they did!

Number 1 Connecticut’s 90-game winning streak is over.

The Stanford Cardinal under long-time head coach Tara Vanderveer led all the way and won 71-59, ending a remarkable feat that drew national and international attention for women’s basketball.

Ironically, Stanford was the last school to beat the Huskies, in the 2008 NCAA Tournament semifinal.

Jeannette Pohlen hit five three-pointers on the way to a career-high 31 points, and the 9th-rated Cardinal (9-2) once-again beat the Huskies. Stanford won its 52nd straight at Maples Pavilion in a rematch of last season’s NCAA title game won 53-47 by two-time defending national champion UConn.

Last week, Connecticut (12-1) toppled the 88-game winning streak set by the UCLA men’s team under John Wooden from 1971-74 by beating #22 Florida State 93-62, then won their 90th in a row this week at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California.

compiled from staff, Connecticut and Stanford sports news

2010 CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL: North Carolina State Wolfpack breezes by West Virginia, 23-7

(courtesy of Champs Sports Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson is a very talented in football and baseball. Some MLB experts feel that he’ll play baseball full-time next year.

He spent much of the summer playing second base in the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system.

In the Champs Sports Bowl contest, Wilson threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, to lead North Carolina State over #22 West Virginia 23-7 in Orlando, Florida.

Kicker Josh Czajkowski made three field goals for N.C. State, who won nine games for only the second time in school history to finish at 9-4.

The Mountaineers finished at 9-4 as well and were led by quarterback Geno Smith with 196 yards passing, but West Virginia had five second-half turnovers which cost them the game.

The 23 points were the most allowed by the Mountaineers all season.

Wilson earned the games MVP honors.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE WOLFPACK GAME NOTES

* The Wolfpack would’ve won the ACC title if it had beaten Maryland in the regular-season finale.

* Has a high-octane offense.

* Has one of the nation’s top passing attacks, led by talented QB Russell Wilson. N.C. State are 19th in the nation in passing with 281 yards a game and 26 touchdowns.

* WR Owen Spencer led the team with 57 catches for 868 yards.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS GAME NOTES

* The Mountainers would have won the Big East title outright if it had beaten Connecticut in November. West Virginia shared the conference title with UConn and Pittsburgh.

* Has a solid defense.

* Defense is 11th in pass defense, giving up 166 yards a game, and is second in the nation in scoring defense at 12.75 points per game. WVU didn’t allow more than 21 points in any game and allowed only 15 touchdowns all season, fewest in the nation.

* In their three losses, WVU had problems with turnovers, losing each game by six points or less, as they loss to LSU, at home against Syracuse and at Connecticut.

* It took a four-game winning streak to give the Mountaineers a nice bowl game. They beat Cincinnati, at Louisville, at Pittsburgh and Rutgers. Their offense came alive big-time scoring 35 points twice and 37 once.

* QB Geno Smith ended the regular-season with a superb performance as he passed for 352 yards in a 35-14 win against Rutgers, the first 500-yard game by WVU of the season. Smith was a first year starter.

* WR Tavon Austin, is a converted running back, he one of the most elusive athletes in college football. During their four-game winning streak, he scored six touchdowns and had a career-high 121 yards receiving and a 46-yard run against Rutgers.

* Head coach Bill Stewart is now 2-2 in bowl games with wins over Oklahoma and North Carolina.

compiled from Champs Sports Bowl, North Carolina State & West Virginia athletics news

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